Gail Mary-Lyn Lahey

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LAHEY, Gail (Braithwaite)

As a family we are sad to announce the passing of Gail on December 3, 2016 at Youville Home in St Albert, AB.

 

Gail is survived by her husband Don, children Bernie, David, Susan, Sean and Mary-Anne, daughters in-law Donna and Gail. Grandchildren Mark, Sean, Ally, Abby and Andie, great grandsons Ashton, Seth, Gavin and Quintin, siblings Shirley and Mike and brother in-law Ted. Nieces and nephews Kate, Scott, Patie, Bill, Veronica, Sasha, Crystal, Ashley, Brodie, Nick, Damon, Ivy, Colby and Maxx.

 

Gail was predeceased by her parents Basil and Stella Braithwaite, her in-laws George and Pat Lahey, her brother in-law Norm Fletcher and her niece Melanie Fletcher.

Gail was born in Rosetown SK but lived in Hughton SK August 11, 1936. The family moved to Rosetown SK where Gail was active in the United Church as a Sunday school teacher and in the Young Peoples Group. She was a Girl Guide and a Bronze Cross Lifeguard. Gail and Shirley were founding members of the Fireside Group, a singing group that entertained at various events in Rosetown and other parts of Saskatchewan. Gail graduated from high school in June of 1954 and enrolled in Teachers College in Saskatoon SK. She discovered she hated Teachers College and in the New Year of 1955 joined the Air Force and was posted to St. Jean’s PQ. and became a rec spec. It was on base that she met Don Lahey and they married June 2,1956. They were posted to Saskatoon SK  where their sons Bernie and David were born. Next they were posted to Summerside PEI 1960, where Susan was born. Their next posting was near Bauden at 4 Wing in Germany where in 1963 Sean was born. After four years they moved back to Canada to CFB Moose Jaw SK where Mary-Anne was born. In Moose Jaw Gail started her psychiatric nurse training at Valley View but was not able to finish due to family demands. She was also involved in the Special Olympics at this time. Once back in Saskatchewan Gail and her family were able to spend lots of time with extended family. There were lots of camping trips and picnics with her parents, siblings and nieces and nephew. These made for some of Gail’s fondest memories. The family was posted once again in 1973 to Shearwater NS, however, they lived in Dartmouth NS, close to Don’s parents, George and Pat.  It was there that Don retired from the Air Force and the family moved to Fort McMurray AB to work in the Oil and Gas industry, that would see as many moves as when they were in the military, and it was here Gail worked as a City Assessor at the city of Fort McMurray. In the fall of 1977 Gail, Susan and Mary-Anne moved to Vancouver BC and September of 1978 Gail started her university education at the University of British Columbia in Special Education. June of 1980 Gail and her daughters joined Don and moved to Edmonton AB where Don had a position with Cana. Gail continued her studies at the University of Alberta but changed her discipline to Recreation and received her Bacholer of Recreation December 1983.  Gail’s career continued to be varied, her first position after graduating was with Alberta Correctional Services at the Fort Saskatchewan Jail, then she moved on to work in a Halfway House with the John Howard Society. February 1987 Gail and Mary-Anne moved to Regina SK, where Don was working and there she worked as a substitute teacher in Special Education. June 1988 they moved back to Fort McMurray AB where Gail once again worked as a City Assessor. Don and Gail moved to Red Deer AB in 1992 where Gail retired from work but not from moving. 1994 saw them move back to Edmonton and then in 1997 Don and Gail moved to Indonesia for one year. By 1998 they were back in the Edmonton Area and in November of 2000 they finally settled when they moved into Gail’s dream house in north Edmonton. Gail was an avid reader (understatement) and more often than not would be caught with her nose in a book and while she had many favourite authors, specifically mystery, they could not keep up with her love of reading. She was known to burn a meal or two when her nose was in a book. Gail was an excellent home maker, while house keeping was not her favorite part, her gardening, cooking and baking skills were phenomenal. She was also a self proclaimed foodie and enjoyed trying new cuisines and restaurants. Gail loved taking road trips be it with family or by herself. She made many road trips across Canada, the US and while the family was in Germany their road trips also included France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark. Gail and Don took many road trips to visit Bernie and his family in Cranbrook BC as well as in to the U.S. to visit David and his family in Greenbay WI, Des Moines, IA or Virginia. Gail also covered a fair portion of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the state of Washington.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Youville Home for their care of Gail since May. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice. Gail did not want a traditional memorial so we are hosting an open house memorial for Gail on January 15, 2017 1:00pm to 3:00 PM at her brother, Mike’s, house. 10110 134 Avenue N.W. Edmonton. Sometime in the summer we will be having a private family gathering to spread her ashes.

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Chris Braithwaite

Gail is one of the first cousins I never got to know. A sad commentary on the Braithwaite family diaspora. I see that she lived an interesting and thoroughly useful life, and find myself wishing that, on one of her road trips, she’d found her way to Vermont. (Or that I’d found my way back to Saskatoon, which I abandoned with the rest of Max’s family at age one month, and made it a point to find my long-lost cousins.) One of the things we could have talked about was Indonesia, where I spent just a month, six months after the tsunami, working with a newspaper that it had pretty badly smashed up by it. My sympathy to those who did know her, and love her. — Chris

Denise Martin

Gail and I connected not so long ago and made a road trip to visit cousins in Saskatoon. We also enjoyed a cousins get together in Edmonton. So glad I had this opportunity to spend time with her, we shared many stories and laughs.

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